Since January 2014, Chief Rick Myers has led the men and women of the Newport News Police Department. On Tuesday, August 8, he announced that he has accepted a job as executive director of a national police chiefs organization and is resigning his position as Chief of Police effective September 1.
“We have been fortunate to have Rick as our Chief of Police these past 3½ years,” City Manager Cindy Rohlf said. “With his extensive knowledge and experience in law enforcement, he has served the citizens of Newport News well during his tenure here.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege working with this Police Department, the City Manager, and City Council, as well as the citizens of this great city. This department truly exemplifies professionalism and community policing, and I am proud to have been a part of that,” Myers said. “This new opportunity is a natural and timely transition from being a chief while still being able to continue to serve my profession.”
An extensive national search will be conducted to fill the position of Newport News Police Chief. City Manager Rohlf has not named an Interim Chief of Police at this time.